Here's Why Obama Needs To Visit These Final 3 States


President Barack Obama is on the verge of visiting all 50 states in his official capacity. But first, he has to make it to South Carolina, Utah and South Dakota. (Note: He has been to these states while on the campaign trail, but not for a presidential visit.)

Here's a peek at some of the things Obama has been missing out on during his presidency:

Mitchell Corn Palace
(South Dakota)

corn palace

The walls are made of concrete, but they're redecorated each year with new murals made of corn and other grains and grasses. The palace is currently undergoing renovations until April -- though it remains open for visitors -- so the president might want to check it out this summer.

I Love Drilling Smoothie And Juice Bar

This juice bar in Vernal could help quench the president's thirst -- as long as he's willing to pay the $1 surcharge.

Great Golf Courses
(South Carolina)

Obama won't have to change his weekend schedule for this trip. Just hop on Air Force One and play his Sunday golf game on or around Hilton Head Island.

National Parks
(Utah and South Dakota)

mount rushmore

Some of the country's best national parks are in these states. South Dakota touts Badlands National Park as well as the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, where Obama can gave up at some of his predecessors. Utah has what it calls "The Mighty 5" national parks: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion.

Cheap Fuel
(Utah and South Carolina)

These states consistently have some of the lowest gas prices in the nation, so the presidential motorcade can fuel up on the cheap.

Wall Drug
(South Dakota)

This 76,000-square-foot attraction includes plenty of tourist treasures and Western wear for Obama to bring back to Washington, D.C. There's also an arcade, animated Tyrannosaurus rex and train station water show.

(South Carolina)

historic charleston

The quaint, historic downtown offers a tranquility Obama can't find in D.C. as he's battling congressional Republicans. While he's in Charleston, he should stop at Husk, a restaurant from James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock that serves life-changing pimento cheese. The first lady would probably even approve of this dish.

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
(South Dakota)

This annual motorcycle spectacle celebrates its 75th year in August. Hundreds of thousands of people flock to this small town of 6,400 and the surrounding area for the rally.

Olympic Park

olympic park utah

A presidential appearance at this legacy of the 2002 Winter Olympics could give athletes-in-training a boost for 2018.

Watch the video above for more on what Obama could see and do.

Ashley Alman, Jen Bendery, Julia Craven, Ariel Edwards-Levy, Dave Jamieson, Jesse Rifkin, Kate Sheppard, Maxwell Tani and Christina Wilkie contributed to this post.

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